Studio Seven Gallery showcased a group show in mid July titled “A Tinge of Space” featuring works of artists Ali Asad Naqvi, Sheikh Khadija Amin, Usman Khalid and Zainab Abdul Hussain.
Ali Asad Naqvi has always been predisposed toward the technical side of art-making, and it has influenced his work to a great degree. His approach makes use of traditional arts and crafts in the contemporary setting and seeks to amalgamate traditional materials and skills with modern technologies like photography and computing, and in the process to find original expression.
Sheikh Khadijah Amin sees how lifeless objects like clothes, furniture and empty hallways can outline a person and fulfils their spot when they are no longer amongst us. What is more interesting is the lingering feeling of that individual left behind for others to carry. His work revolves around the concept of how a person’s presence is still felt even after they’ve passed. Not just through the things but each person they crossed paths with. The inspiration of his work comes from a house built in 1965 where the artist’s grandmother, the model of his work left emptiness and certain stillness in the same place which was once her home. The same emptiness reflected upon him as he continues to show through his work. In doing so, he tries to showcase situations and her archived objects around the artist. Usman Khalid’s drawings consist of figures that are existing in an environment or a space which is pure white. Though the white space that surrounds the figure/body, may seem untouched or ignored; it is actually aiding in the overall composition of these physical forms in their respective frames, thus establishing a narrative. There is certain calm in the white. The vacant white background that acts as a backdrop to the form, assures the artist. He tends to look for safe places that could summon his sanity and make him feel good about himself.
Zainab Abdul Hussain captures visuals of various covered objects in her surroundings - among public and private spaces such as streets, markets and houses in Karachi. Her research of veils including a hijab or a Rida leads her to identify the covering as a form of protection. The visuals that she has chosen are meant to connect and relate to the viewer because clothing and covering is one of the basic human necessities; it is through the cloth or ‘chaadar’ that one often seeks protection. This notion is reflected in her study of objects like vehicles and other valued material that have been covered by their owners, to shield them from any kind of external harm or damage.